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Oscars will have surprises

Friday, February 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It was another good year at the movies in 2016.

In North America, movies grossed $11.4 billion in 2016, besting the record of $11.1 billion in 2015.

Walt Disney Studios held the top three positions: “Finding Dory,” $486.3 million; “Rogue One,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

None of these was a Best Picture nominee for the Academy Awards, to be telecast at 8 p.m. EST Feb. 26. Here are my picks for the seven categories of the Lehigh Valley Press “Readers Pick the Oscar recipients” contest:

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Development of 77 townhouses proposed near Cypress Avenue

A development of 77 townhouses has been proposed in the vicinity of Cypress Avenue in Salisbury Township near the municipal border with the City of Allentown.

The township planning commission reviewed a sketch plan for Sheffield Square Townhouses, to be constructed on 10.4 acres along East Lynnwood Street, South Albert Street and Cypress Avenue in an R-4, Medium Density Residential Zoning District. A sketch plan does not require action to be taken by planners.

Movie Review: ‘Fences’

Friday, February 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Good fences make good neighbors.”

- Robert Frost,

“Mending Wall”

“Fences,” the film version of August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play is set in Pittsburgh circa 1956 where Troy (Denzel Washington, who also directs), is a municipal garbageman and former Negro League baseball player standout.

Troy and his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), have a son, Cory (Jovan Adepo, TV’s “The Leftovers,” 2015-17, in his theatrical feature debut), who excels at academics and football in high school and is being scouted for a college scholarship.

Movie Review: ‘The Founder’

Saturday, February 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

After seeing “The Founder,” you may never look at a Big Mac the same way.

For that matter, you may never think about a fast-food restaurant the same way, either.

“The Founder” is about Ray Kroc (a splendid Michael Keaton), a milkshake device salesman who bought out the McDonald brothers, Richard “Dick” McDonald (a great Nick Offerman) and Maurice “Mac” MacDonald (a fine John Carroll Lynch), whose San Bernardino restaurant was the model for fast-food efficiency.

Laubach-Franko Master Plan approved; officials laud proposal, eager to implement

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Master Site Development Plan for the William H. Laubach Memorial Park and Franko Farm Recreation Area which calls for an estimated $5 million in improvements is being lauded to upgrade recreation on the east side of Salisbury Township.

“What we tried to do was take a little bit of the overcrowding from Laubach and shift it to Franko,” Leonard J. Policelli, landscape architect, project manager, Urban Research & Development Corp., Bethlehem, consultant for the Laubach-Franko Master Plan, said.

Four corporals rise in the ranks of Salisbury Police Department

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

It was a night for township family pride when four Salisbury Township Police Department officers were promoted to the rank of corporal.

District Judge Michael J. Pochron, District Court 31-01-08, which serves Salisbury Township and Fountain Hill Borough, administered the oaths of office to Cpl. Charles Whitehead, Cpl. Bryan Losagio, Cpl. Christopher Casey and Cpl. Budd Frankenfield.

Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council

Thursday, January 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Education goals for 2017 include outreach to students, public

Public education and outreach goals for the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council include increased involvement with Salisbury Township School District kindergarten through 12th grade classes, having a presence at township community events, securing a grant for an Enviroscape system and completing the township municipal building stormwater retention basin project.

The goals were outlined by Kreg Ulery, chairperson of STEAC at its monthly meeting Jan. 18.

“We want to do at least two educational events,” Ulery said to fellow STEAC members.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Realistic fake guns a challenge for police in traffic stops

Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles stepped to the table, opened a green satchel, put two semi-automatic handguns on the table and held the third pistol aloft.

The eyes of the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners widened and some officials shifted uncomfortably in their chairs.

Not to worry. As real as the guns appeared to be, they were fake.

Yet for Salisbury and other police officers, it is a worry.

And that was Chief Stiles’ point during his report to commissioners at the Jan. 12 township meeting.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 2017 Pension Fund payments approved for police, non-uniformed employees

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Contribution rates in 2017 to the police and non-uniformed employee pension contributions have been set in Salisbury Township.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 at the Dec. 22, 2016, meeting to approve the contribution rates.

The contribution is 3.04 percent of an annual police officer’s salary. The contribution is waived for non-uniformed employees.

Commissioner Joanne Ackerman made the motion, seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves.

In other business at the Dec. 22, 2016 meeting, commissioners voted 5-0 to: